Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Carter House Association

  • Franklin, TN
  • www.thebattleoffranklintrust.org

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Carter House Association is to maintain and preserve the Carter House on Columbia Avenue in the town of Franklin, Tennessee, as an interpretive center and memorial to the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War, and also to preserve and interpret the history of the lives of the Carter family.

Main Programs

  1. Guided Tours
  2. Hands on History
  3. Calicos and Cadets Summer Camp
  4. Battlefield Tours
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Carter House serves the entire United States along with other countries such as Ireland, Australia, Germany, England, China, Japan, etc. People come from all over the world to visit this historic home and battlefield. We love having school groups tour the home as they are the ones that will tell this story to the next generation.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

COO Eric A. Jacobson

Keywords

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WILLIAMSON The Battle of Franklin, Tod Carter, General Patrick Cleburne, Tennessee Battlefields, Civil War

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EIN

62-0537633

 Number

6507726709

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Carter House was commandeered by US General Cox early in the morning November 30th, 1864 for the 23rd Corp Headquarters. Not thinking there would be a battle that day, US General Cox advised Fountain Branch Carter there was no need to abandon his home unless it became certain that battle was imminent. A few short hours later and quickly, it was too late and no where to go. The main battle line of the Battle of Franklin was less than 50 yards from the Carter House where the Carter family and that of two other neighbors hunkered down in the basement for safety until this brutally harsh battle ended. The Carters persevered there the hours, days and years after - life had to continue moving forward.

Programs

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Program 1

Guided Tours

The Carter House is shown by guided tour. the first tour of the day is usually at 9:30am and the last is at 4pm. Each tour lasts about one hour. Admission to the site is $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $8 for Children 6-12 and free for Children under 6. We offer a value ticket for admission to the Carter House, Carnton Plantation and the Lotz House for $30. The price represents a $10 savings per adult admission over purchasing tickets separately.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Hands on History

The Battle of Franklin Trust is putting on a monthly program for kids 5-10 years old. Classes will be held at The Carter House or Carnton Plantation and we will experience different aspects of the 1860s and Civil War life. Ever wonder how butter was made? Or what kids did before video games? We will find out first-hand. Each class will focus on a specific area of one of our historic sites and may include a story, craft, or hands-on project. Classes include Hardtack and Haversacks, Dig into the Past, Who Wore What?, Camp of Instruction, All About Dolls and Toys, Toys, Toys! Visit our website at www.thecarterhouse.org for dates and more information or to sign up.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 3

Calicos and Cadets Summer Camp

This camp is for boys and girls between 8-12 years old interested in history and the Civil War. Those joining will experience re-enactor demonstrations, make crafts and learn to drill like real soldiers. Dates are June 13-15 or July 11-13. Cost is $100 per child for non-members and $90 per child for members of the Battle of Franklin Trust. Visit our website: www.thecarterhouse.org for further information or to sign up.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 4

Battlefield Tours

For decades the Carter House and Carnton have welcomed guests from across the country and provided a brief window into the pageantry, bravery, and tragedy of that long ago day in 1864. Now it is time to take the next logical step. We will be offering comprehensive tours of the Franklin battlefield. The tours will be conducted at 10am and 3pm Tuesday through Saturday. The tours will last 90 minutes and cost is $25 per person.Guests will walk to at least seven different locations on the battlefield and learn about the different elements of this often misunderstood battle. Battlefield guides will explain why the Battle of Franklin occurred, detail the arrival of the Federal and Confederate armies, and explain the rationale behind John Bell Hood's decision to launch what became one of the greatest single assaults of the entire Civil War.Guests can sign up at The Carter House on the day that they arrive for their visit.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Carter House serves the entire United States along with other countries such as Ireland, Australia, Germany, England, China, Japan, etc. People come from all over the world to visit this historic home and battlefield. We love having school groups tour the home as they are the ones that will tell this story to the next generation.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Carpet and Floorcloth at The Carter House-We plan to install a reproduction of the floorcloth in the hallway to make it look as it did in the 19th century. We also need to carpet the master bedroom, and install carpet in the parlor. Conservation of permanent collection items- i.e. photographs, documents, textiles and other artifacts. Carter House Site Improvements- Continue recreation of the Carter orchard which will include peach and apple trees. Stabilize each of the outbuildings, kitchen, smokehouse and farm office.

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CARTER HOUSE ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Carter House Association

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Principal Officer

COO Eric A. Jacobson

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" It has been an amazing period of time at The Carter House, and really throughout our historic community as additional segments of the battlefield have been reclaimed and forever preserved. Recent acquisitions will make a genuine battlefield park near the Carter House a reality. That park will be centered around where the Carter cotton gin once stood, and visitors will be able to walk the very ground on which so many brave soldiers struggled for what they believed to be right. Additionally, the site of the former Carter garden, where so much intense combat occurred, is literally being recreated. A beautiful new walnut and cedar fence has been installed at The Carter House and the board fence on the north side of the Carnton personal garden replaced. All in all, the story of the Battle of Franklin has enjoyed a renaissance that less than a decade ago seemed almost impossible. At both historic sites, attendance continues to rise. By the end last year, close to 100,000 guests from here in Middle Tennessee and around the country, as well as the world, will have visited Carnton and The Carter House. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin in late 2014 will certainly brought increased numbers of visitors, but our work is not complete - 2015 will be a very busy year. Over the past three to four years we have accomplished many great things. From installing a climate control system at The Carter House, to substantial work on the exterior and interior of Carnton, as well as very extensive work on the grounds at The Carter House, to fully digitizing the incredible collection of photographs and documents, there is no doubt that our preservation work continues every day and will last long into the future. This continues to be our time to make Franklin's story what it always should have been. We have 10 or 20 year window to make a real difference in Franklin-to save what battlefield can be preserved, protect the homes and their outbuildings that witnessed so much American history, and leave this story to the next generation of people. As you consider making donations, I would ask that you consider the Battle of Franklin Trust. Please know that your donation to the Trust will go towards preserving one of the greatest treasures that all of us, and future generations, can enjoy together-American History. Thank You, Eric Jacobson COO/Historian, BOFT Marianne Schroer Chair, BOFT Ed Underwood Carter House Board President "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ed Underwood

President

Term: Jan 2008 - Dec 2017

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